Statewide Assessment


NSCAS Test Development Summer 2019

May 15, 2019

NSCAS test development opportunities are available for the summer 2019.  We encourage all educators to apply for the posted opportunities. It is important to NDE to get broad representation from districts, and it is a great learning experience for educators! NDE would also like to encourage educators with various backgrounds to apply. The whole process is best when diverse voices...Read More ›

Administrators' Days 2019 - 7.31.19

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS)

The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS), pronounced “en-skass,” is a new statewide assessment system that embodies Nebraska’s holistic view of students and helps them prepare for success in postsecondary education, career, and civic life. It uses multiple measures throughout the year to provide educators and decision makers at all levels with the insights they need to support student learning.

NSCAS Summative Assessments

  • Measures student performance against NE content area standards.
  •  ELA and Math assessments in grades 3 through 8 – computer-adaptive assessment.
  • Science assessment grades 5 & 8.

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NWEA Nebraska Portal

NWEA Contacts

NSCAS Alternate Assessment

Alternate assessment tests have been designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities or multi-handicapping conditions, generally less than 1% of the overall student population.

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DRC Contacts

All students, including special education students and English Language Learners who are in their third-year cohort of high school must participate in the ACT.

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ACT Nebraska Portal

ACT Contacts

Year 1: Students are included in participation calculations, but are excluded from the ELA and Math accountability.
Year 2: Results are used in growth measures.
Year 3: Students are included in all accountability calculations.

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ELL Page

ELPA21 Contact

 NSCAS Interim Assessment Supports

Assessments administered at different intervals between instruction to help educators better understand student learning needs and determine growth toward learning goals.

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MAP Growth
NWEA Contacts

NSCAS Formative Assessment Supports

Checks for student understanding during instruction. Given as needed, daily in the classroom throughout the year to help teachers address student learning needs in-the-moment.

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TestWiz Contacts

NSCAS Resources

NSCAS Overview

Professional Learning

Technical Reports

Test Development
Opportunities & Applications

AQUESTT Accountability 

Nebraska Education

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Updated August 1, 2019 1:20pm